Five fresh cases of swine flu (H1N1) were reported in the Capital on Saturday, taking the total figure up to 41 so far this year.
The capital has recorded five deaths since December last year, the most recent being that of a 38-year-old woman from Uttam Nagar, who died at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital. Delhi reported four deaths in January alone.
The new cases reported on Saturday are those of a 45-year-old man admitted to Aruna Asaf Ali Government hospital, a 44-year-old man (Mahavir Nagar) undergoing treatment at Sir Ganga Ram hospital, a 16-year-old boy (Prem Nagar) undergoing treatment at RML hospital, a 23-year-old woman (Ashok Vihar) being treated at St Stephen’s hospital and a 35-year-old woman (Siddhartha Extension) undergoing treatment at Holy Family hospital.
“Out of these, the samples of three have been tested positive at the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and two at a private authorised laboratory,” said Dr Charan Singh, additional director in-charge of public health, health services.
Delhi health secretary SCL Das reviewed the situation again on Saturday and held a meeting with the nodal officer in-charge of swine flu. The health department procured 1,000 capsules of Tamiflulast week.
Most people get H1N1 infection and recover within a few days, but a few people with asthma and diabetes, for example, are at some risk of complications.